The Hertfordshire team’s application entitled ‘WeLearn’ has reached the finals of the Microsoft UK Imagine Cup – Software Development Challenge which will be held in Reading on 30 March.
This year’s theme is Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all and Ben Hall, Paul Rodger and Chris Gaister, supervised by tutor David Bowes, believe that they have developed an application which will greatly enhance the student learning experience.
The idea emerged when Ben was sitting in an airport facing a seven hour delay and wished that he could view his textbooks on his laptop so that he could do some revision.
“I started to think about interactive textbooks and how they might work,” he said.
Ben sat down with David and the other team members to assess the current situation with textbooks and found that the cost associated with them and the fact that they become outdated quickly, meant that a viable alternative was needed to enable students to learn and share information more effectively.
The team set out to develop an application which will allow teachers, publishers and students to create fully interactive textbooks, which can be distributed and then viewed using the interactive application or other third party applications.
“The beauty of this is that it will allow students to access their textbooks online, make notes, and build up a whole book of lecture notes within them,” said Chris. “The unique selling point is the interactive quality.”
‘WeLearn’ will also use advanced text layout features which will give readers a more interactive feel and also allow them to adjust text size to their own requirements.
“Textbooks in education haven’t changed much over the years and very few are available on line,” said Paul. “No one else has developed anything like this before and provided a space where textbooks can be annotated and shared in this way.”
Helene Murphy | alfa
Timing a space laser with a NASA-style stopwatch
28.03.2017 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Cutting edge research for the industries of tomorrow – DFKI and NICT expand cooperation
21.03.2017 | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI
The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
20.03.2017 | Event News
14.03.2017 | Event News
07.03.2017 | Event News
28.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
28.03.2017 | Health and Medicine
28.03.2017 | Life Sciences